Modular cranks, special edition mountain bikes and… denim vests? [Gear Watch]

Modular cranks, special edition mountain bikes and… denim vests? [Gear Watch]

Gear Watch Wednesday is a weekly update on the latest mountain bike gear releases and products that Singletracks has received for testing. Got any gear news to share or products you’d like us to check out? E-mail [email protected]

The evil slightly salts the shipwreck

Photo courtesy of Evil.

Evil has a new version of Wreckoning with an LS designation. What’s lightly salty anyway if not on a bag of your favorite pita chips? For the refreshed big travel bike, it comes in two limited-edition colors and a SRAM universal derailleur hanger. Evil also sweetens the pot with this bike and includes free annual bearing replacements. This actually includes all of their bikes going forward, but starts with the Wreckoning LS. The bike retains its snappy, confident geometry and enduro-optimized suspension. For more on Wreckoning LS, check out the evil site.

  • Price: $3,750 for a frame, GX builds start at $7,299.
  • Buy Evil.

The Appleman 2XR Modular Crankset lets you go shorter

There’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of shorter crank lengths for many riders, and the new Appleman 2XR crankset is designed to make it easier to dial in the perfect fit. The modular system has cranks ranging from 135mm to 175mm in 10mm increments and accommodates one of five spindle widths offered by Appleman. Buyers can also mix and match colors for a unique look.

  • Price: $485 for one pedal board, colors extra.
  • Shop at

Intend BC features Linearizer spring curve customization, updated crowns and new fender

Component brand Intend BC recently announced a series of updates to its fork designs, starting with bonded crown technology that promises lighter weights and increased stiffness. The Linearizer is a modernization upgrade that adds mid-stroke support and maximizes ramp-up using a 3-chamber system for select Intend BC forks. Finally, the brand also released a fender that easily attaches to a 5mm Allen cap on the bottom of the head tube.

  • Price: €20.17 for the fender.
  • Available at

Ripton & Co. adds denim vest

Now you too can become Guy denim jacket (or Gal) thanks to the latest release from jort-supplier Ripton & Co. The Regulator Vest is acid-washed and blends synthetic fibers with cotton to make it stretchy and comfortable (?) enough for riding.

  • Price: $89.
  • Shop at Ripton & Co.

The Cadence and Coors range is aimed at lovers of traditional beers

Ride the Rockies. Taste the Rockies. Looks like you do both. Cadence Collection pays homage to one of America’s oldest beer brands and the firefighters of Wildland with a new collection of jerseys and bibs. The Coors Banquet x Cadence Collection range includes long and short sleeve lycra and baggie jerseys, as well as bib shorts, base layers, t-shirts, bottles and more. An undetermined portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Club Ride Skyline jersey

Club Ride has a new quarter-zip jersey just in time for cooler temperatures. The Skyline features a waffle texture, two zippered pockets and reflective accents for dashes to the wire to beat the sunset at home.

Special Edition Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29

Giant has just released a special edition of its popular Trance trail bike featuring SRAM wireless drivetrain and suspension technology (no AXS droppers), carbon wheels and smooth metallic-look paint. Priced well under ten thousand dollars, this is a special edition that also looks like good value for money.
  • Price: $8,500.
  • Buy from Giant dealers.

Etnies launches the Emil Johansson cycling shoe

Etnies has another new cycling shoe in its range inspired by mountain bike slopestyle athlete Emil Johansson. The Mid Crank has a special rubber compound and a geo-hexagonal tread pattern for a grippy sole. The shoes come in a grey/beige colourway and have an asymmetric collar for ankle protection and a gusseted tongue.

Pearl Izumi expands footwear options

Pearl Izumi has a few new shoe options including the Expedition PRO, a new gravel shoe that uses lightweight road shoe materials with the protective parts of a mountain bike shoe. The Expedition PRO replaces the Gravel X shoe with better fit and functionality. The new shoe features two Boa L6C dials, a 1:1 dual density footbed and a carbon sole with a TPU toe, heel bumpers and pedal plate. The shoe has a unixex shoe size ranging from 39 to 49 and half sizes from 42.5 to 46.5.

Buy a Privateer, get a free set of carbon wheels

British direct-to-consumer brand Privateer is sweetening the pot for riders interested in their bikes. For a limited time, they are offering a free set of Hunt All-Mountain Carbon H_Impact wheels to anyone who purchases a complete Privateer 141 or 161. The offer is valid until the end of September. Check it on the Corsair website.

  • Price: Free, with the purchase of a complete bike.
  • Buy from Privateer.

Wiley C. Thompson